Most agressive openings for black?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1


    What openings do you know in which black fights for the advantage, not for boring equality? I want something very aggressive, but not things like Latvian Gambit, which are unsound. Is Sicilian really black's best chance for the win against 1.e4?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2


    Yes, the sicilian defense is blacks best chance to win against 1.e4, statistically. However, at our level (<2000) its best just to stick to the openings that we first learn because a lot of moves are mistakes. If you want to learn an agressive opening for fun then I do reccomend looking at the open sicilian. It is by far my favourite opening especially in the najdorf where white castles queen side. I have had many games where I am at the edge of my seat and eyes glued to the screen because of all the attacking chances from both sides. When you win its all the better from all the tension. Players like Fischer and Kasparov have played beautiful games with the najdorf. 

    Good luck if you choose to play the sicilian!!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3


    I don't know why, it's not the strongest, but I fell in love with the Smith-Morra version of the Sicilian......not everyone is familiar with it, I guess, cause I have a lot of fun with it. Comments, please.....remember, I'm in the 100-1200s so not very "booked up" plus I'm 75yrs old.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6


    I think there's a difference between objectively "best" and functionally playable, and until you are playing really really strong opponents who know a lot of lines are and likely anyhow to calculate the very best moves, you can find many ideas that are effective.  

    Nigel Short pulls out a slick win with a Bronstein-Larsen variant of the Caro-Kann here:


    Is this black's best opening, objectively?  Probably not.   But it's super dangerous and highly tactical, so a guy might choose to play it if he's that kind of player.    

    It's certainly not boring.  

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